JP Artist Emblazons Lamp Post With Trayvon Martin Sculpture


Matthew W. Hinçman

“Still,” by Jamaica Plain’s Matthew W. Hinçman, was recently installed on an abandoned lamp post by the Monument.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen Matthew Hinçman’s artistic work all over the neighborhood.

The JP-based sculptor and visual artist’s latest piece, “STILL,” references the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Next time you’re passing the Monument, look for the top of an abandoned lamp post to see it. Here’s how Hinçman describes it.

This site-specific sculpture depicts a cast-away hoodie sweatshirt lying on the ground, referencing the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. Affixed to an abandoned lamp-post base in the shadow of the 1871 West Roxbury Civil War Soldier’s Monument, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, STILL aims to provoke reflection on the legacy of racism, power and privilege in the United States.

Hinçman tells Jamaica Plain News that he teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art an Design. You can see another of his sculptures, a U-shaped bench, at the Pond. He’s also the fellow behind the enigmatic lettering you might’ve noticed in the windows of several JP businesses.

And no, Hinçman didn’t get city permission for the sculpture, he told WBUR.